The last three years have been so dry that I forgot that my shrubs and lawn could look "real" green. I had become so used to the desert green, that I am awed by the verdant green of now. Everything has perked up. The Monsoon is in full swing.
We have spent evenings on the back porch watching Mother Nature put on an exciting and loud aerial display. But last night was on the unsettling side. Flash flood warnings just when the Shelley and GK had gone to pick up Ry at program and on to therapy. They had to cover quite a distance and cross over several arroyos (drainage channels) in order to complete their errands.
But as Shelley put it, "thanks to a very nice man, I learned to drive in inclement weather, just fine. Thanks, Dad". We as a family have been in some dire situations with high and fast rising water; crossing the Mojave desert in a downpour, tornado in Pueblo, Colorado and floods here in Albuquerque. SM has remained calm, appeared relaxed, was in control and didn't let the situation overtake him in anyone of those nail biters. Shelley has adopted the same demeanor at the time and then like her Mom shakes like the dickens afterwards.
The Sandia Mountains to the east of us are the reason for the drainage canals. When it rains on the western face of those mountains there is no place for that run off to go but downhill and straight on into the city. Were it not for the diversion channel canals Albuquerque in the low lying areas would flood every time it rained. Some areas in the valley around the Rio Grande still flood. And some of the canals are blocked from time to time with debris and over run their concrete banks and then that's when it gets dicey.
Lucky that we got the rain, lucky that no fools were playing in the canals and got swept away (that happens every year), lucky that everyone of the Cuckoos made it home okay and lucky to enjoy the result of the moisture in the yards and parks.
The fact that the swamp coolers don't work......ehhhhhh. The fans help and you can't have everything all the time right? I'm just happy to see my turtles with green smiles on their faces from all the snails and bugs coming out so they can have gourmet turtle dining.
Hope your week is filled with lucky, happy things as well. Oma Linda